Annual Report 2014

Nearly all forests across the globe are inhabited. The peoples who live there have customary rights and have developed ways of life and traditional knowledge that are attuned to their forest environments.

Indigenous Peoples and United Nations Human Rights Bodies: A Compilation of UN Treaty Body Jurisprudence, Reports of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, and the Advice of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Volume VI

This is Volume VI, 2013-2014, of the series of compilations of United Nations treaty body jurisprudence pertaining to indigenous peoples. It covers the years 2013 and 2014.   It also contains the advice of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and selected observations and recommendations of ‘Special Procedures’ of the Human Rights Council, such as Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts. Contrary to previous volumes, it no longer contains the results of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.

Herakles abandons all operations in Mundemba and Toko concession areas, Cameroon

Herakles Farms, a New York based investment Firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) which has been under the spotlight of increasing local and international opposition for its intention to establish oil palm plantations in protected areas (including the iconic Korup National Park in south west Cameroon) has abandoned all operations in the Mundemba and Toko Subdivisions respectively and in Ndian Division on May 29, 2015.

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) Statement to the ADP 3 June 2015

Indigenous peoples' caucus calls on government parties negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement under the UN Climate Convention to secure collective land rights, respect FPIC and recognise the positive contribution of indigenous peoples' customary land management systems to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Access the Statement: International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) statement to ADP, Bonn, June 2015

How are Indigenous Communities Benefiting from GPS Data Loggers?

What are GPS data loggers and how do they work?

A GPS data logger is an electronic device that records data over time or in relation to location. Generally they are small, battery powered, portable, and equipped with a microprocessor, internal memory for data storage and sensors.

En quoi les communautés autochtones bénéficient-elles des enregistreurs de données GPS ?

Que sont les enregistreurs de données GPS et comment fonctionnent-ils ?

Un enregistreur de données GPS est un dispositif électronique qui enregistre des données sur une certaine durée ou en lien avec un lieu donné. Il s’agit généralement de petits dispositifs portatifs, alimentés par une batterie, et équipés d’un microprocesseur, d’une mémoire interne pour le stockage des données, et de capteurs.

Palmed Off - No Accountability, No Rights

The palm oil industry’s bad reputation has survived the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which commits member companies to social and environmental sustainability. The RSPO logo certification is visible on many everyday groceries containing palm oil.  However whilst RSPO boasts many of the biggest palm oil producers and buyers among its members, displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands, farms and forests is rife.

Communautés dérobées - aucune responsabilité, aucun droit

La mauvaise réputation de l’industrie de l’huile de palme a survécu à la Table ronde pour une huile de palme durable (RSPO), dont les sociétés membres s’engagent en faveur de la durabilité sociale et environnementale. Le logo de certification de la RSPO est visible sur de nombreux produits alimentaires du quotidien contenant de l’huile de palme. Néanmoins, bien que la RSPO compte parmi ses membres bon nombre des plus grands producteurs et acheteurs d’huile de palme, les déplacements de peuples autochtones de leurs terres, fermes et forêts sont répandus.

Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

"The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel."